Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Tea Caddy

Tea Caddy

Attributed to Shunkei Toshiro, Japanese, active 16th to early 17th century

Made in Japan, Asia

Edo Period (1615-1868)

Early 17th century

Glazed ceramic (Seto ware); ivory lid

3 9/16 x 2 1/2 inches (9.1 x 6.4 cm)

Curatorial Department:
East Asian Art

* Gallery 242, Asian Art, second floor

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Purchased with Museum funds, 1928

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Of the square-shouldered (katatsuki) type, this tea caddy has a fitted lacquer box as well as two cloth bags for when it is stored. Tea caddies are used to hold the powdered green tea for the tea ceremony.

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